What you say can change older adult brain functioning

Photo via firstlighthomecare This week's trivia question asked whether the way people talk to older adults can change brain functioning of an older adult. The answer is yes! A myth associated with aging is that there is, in general, rapid incline in function from childhood to adulthood to middle-age but then a rapid decline after … Continue reading What you say can change older adult brain functioning

How Social Networks Reduce Negative Health Effects of Aging

Photo via Apple Tree Dental This week's trivia question asks whether social interactions and friendships help reduce the negative health effects of aging. The answer is yes! Many human development and gerontology researchers have determined that our biology (i.e., genetics, physical health), our psychology (i.e., cognitive functioning and health), and social influences each play a … Continue reading How Social Networks Reduce Negative Health Effects of Aging

Older Americans Act: Services that keep older Americans healthy, safe, and in their community

President Lyndon Johnson after signing the Older Americans Act, 1965. For over fifty years, the Older Americans Act (OAA) has resulted in helping older Americans remain in their communities-of-choice for as long as possible through local services. Signed in 1965, the OAA was established out of concern for the lack of community social services for … Continue reading Older Americans Act: Services that keep older Americans healthy, safe, and in their community